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Matemwe Lodge

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Relaxed Beach Lodge
- Lovely Beach
- Lush tropical Gardens
- 12 bedroom lodge

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Overview

Matemwe Lodge is a lovely low-key relaxed beach lodge with a fantastic Zanzibar atmposphere, and lush tropical gardens that reach down to the edge of a beautiful lagoon, it is a real favourite on Zanzibar.

Matemwe Lodge has 12 chalets each built using local materials and set within lush gardens. Each of the chalets has a private veranda with hammock and sofa, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Six triple-bed chalets are available, and there are two that have a private plunge pool. The large bathrooms have a deep bathtub and walk-in shower, and beds are all enclosed by mosquito nets.

Accommodation at Matemwe Lodge is fully inclusive, with a mix of gourmet-style cooking and traditional Zanzibari cuisine with loads of seafood. The buffet-style breakfast includes fresh fruit, muffins, croissants, cereal and yoghurts as well as a full English breakfast. Lunch and dinner are three-course meals: choose between two starters, three main dishes (including a meat, fish and vegetarian option) and two desserts. Tuesdays and Fridays are barbecue night (with a range of seafood and meats) and Sunday is a Swahili buffet, offering a large selection of traditional dishes. The open-air restaurant sits just above the ocean, with magnificent views of the palm-fringed beach and gently rocking dhows.

Matemwe Beach is a pretty secluded beach on the northeastern coast of Zanzibar. It is well situated for trips to the reefs of the Mnemba Atoll for world class diving and snorkelling (30 minute boat ride). The beach is still one of the quieter and more exclusive locations on the island. Matemwe Lodge is perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral-fringed lagoon. The lodge is adjacent to a long stretch of beach that has not been noticeably altered by tourism and remains an important thoroughfare for locals. Fishing and seaweed harvesting are still key to the local economy. The lodge has a close relationship with the local fishing village, Matemwe Village, situated on the far side of the beach. It is home to many of the Matemwe staff and many of their children attend the local school. Matemwe is just 60 minutes’ drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips into the winding streets of the historic town.

Activities available at extra cost include Snorkelling and diving at the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll, Diving courses, Kite-surfing, Traditional sailing & fishing, Sundowner dhow trips. Scenic kayaking on the reef, village visits and guided reef walks are offered complimentary.

For families, Matemwe Lodge is a wonderfully relaxed low-key option. Most of the chalets can sleep upto a family of four, with parents in a large double in the main area of the chalet and children sleeping on the mezzanine. Those looking for more facilities might consider instead more resort-like options such as Barazza or Breezes.

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  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

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    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

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